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    WH announces first picks for 'Skype seats' at press briefings

    Post  sinister_midget on Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:04 am

    WH announces first picks for 'Skype seats' at press briefings

    The White House has announced the first four people selected for the launch of "Skype seats," aimed at allowing individuals outside Washington, D.C., to participate in the daily White House press briefings.

    Natalie Herbick of Fox 8 in Cleveland, conservative radio talk show host Lars Larson of "The Lars Larson Show," Jeff Jobe of Jobe Publishing in Kentucky and Kimberly Kalunian of WPRI in Providence, R.I., will all be joining the Wednesday press briefing via video conferencing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday.

    Kalunian interviewed Spicer, a Rhode Island native, shortly after he got the press secretary job.

    "Not sure how she snuck in there," Spicer joked.

    "I look forward to virtually welcoming them to the briefing room," he added.

    Skype is the world's largest video calling service and is owned by Microsoft.

    Spicer announced last week during his first official press briefing that in order to be considered for a Skype seat, a media member would need to live more than 50 miles from Washington.

    Spicer added that the technology would open up briefings to a “diverse group” of journalists who can’t afford to travel to D.C.

    The former Republican National Committee spokesman told The Hill earlier this month that taking questions from those not physically in the room was being considered.

    “Maybe we solicit talk radio and regional newspapers to submit questions — because they can't afford to be in Washington — but they still have a question," Spicer said in an interview Jan. 8.

    "Maybe we just let the American people submit questions that we read off as well,” he added.

    Taking questions from reporters not in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House would be a first for any administration.

    I promise this has more to it than allowing people outside DC to participate. The biggest gain is it removes some more of the news monopoly out of the hands of Beltway liberal media.

    It probably won't mean too much at first. But letting outsiders start asking questions and reporting independently opens the door to exposing the DC media as frauds. Which is what I think the bigger goal is. As more and more from around the country get involved and report something different than what the MSM reports, the established faux media will either have to change course or get left behind as fake news. That's what they are anyway. But it might make them straighten up.


    White House ices out CNN

    The White House has refused to send its spokespeople or surrogates onto CNN shows, effectively icing out the network from on-air administration voices.

    “We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” said a White House official, acknowledging that CNN is not such a place, but adding that the ban is not permanent.

    A CNN reporter, speaking on background, was more blunt: The White House is trying to punish the network and force down its ratings.

    “They’re trying to cull CNN from the herd,” the reporter said.

    Administration officials are still answering questions from CNN reporters. But administration officials including White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway haven't appeared on the network's programming in recent weeks.

    Spicer, speaking at an event at the George Washington University on Monday, denied that CNN was being frozen out, pointing out that he’s answered CNN’s questions in the regular daily briefings.

    But, he added "I'm not going to sit around and engage with people who have no desire to actually get something right."

    CNN's smugness is paying off for them There may even be possible exclusion from the briefings in their future.

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